2010 March 26: NY: Brush burning banned until May by DEC
Beginning today and through May 14 burning of brush, and that includes leaves, is banned by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The ban is to prevent brush fires from spreading. Violators of the burn ban can be fined anywhere from $375 to $15,000 for a first offense.
On Oct. 14, all open burning is prohibited in New York was banned, several exceptions including the following: Campfires less than three feet in height and four feet in length, width or diameter are allowed; small cooking fires are allowed; fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished.
Only charcoal or clean, dry, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.
Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed.
In towns with a total population less than 20,000, you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than six inches in diameter and eight feet in length, (also referred to as brush).
Open burning of residential wastes in any city or village, or in any town with a population of 20,000 or more has been prohibited since 1972 and burning trash is now prohibited statewide in all cases. An existing incinerator rule already prohibits burning household trash in wood stoves, fireplaces, and outdoor wood boilers. DEC recommends that you recycle all appropriate materials, such as newspaper, paper, glass and plastic and compost your organic kitchen and garden waste.